Vette(s): 1980 with a Banks Twin Turbo
1969 Convert Big Block
1996 Grand Sport Convert
I just took mine out Yesterday. I understand that it is possible without removing the Hood. However I know that removing the hood is one of the easyest things you can do to a C3 and that it would be a real battle if you don't. Just keep track of any Shims that are going to fall out when You loosen the Bolts . Plan on replacing the Seals that go around the Radiator and the Rubber Sockets that it fits into when it all goe's back togeather. Most People don't and then they get some Heating issues because the Air is going around the Radiator and not hrew it.
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You should not need to remove your hood but having a helper is important. Not sure what your fan shroud is like but my guess is that its like whats on my 76. Not a lot of room to wiggle the radiator past it. You will want to remove the fan belts so the shroud can be moved back by the engine. Cover the radiator fins with cardboard on both sides to protect them while removing and installing. Also do a search, there are some posts on this. One other thing is to check the radiator support for rust along its bottom.
And I agree radiator seals are very important
Full Size C3VR Lifetime Member #110 We are all young at heart Glen
Make it easy on yourself, remove the hood, its easy and you can work faster without worrying about damaging your hood. Either way you do it, it will be much easier if you have a helper. Good Luck, Genegs77vet2008-10-08 08:56:32
Vette(s): 1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.
Is really that much harder than on a 82. It was really easy with two people. Did not even think about pulling the hood. the only problem I had was with the replacement hoses. None of them were actually easy fit. I had to shorten one and go to a different store to get the second one.
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